Classes are underway at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.
The 59-millon dollar medical school is the newest addition to Carilion's Riverside Park. The inaugural year includes 42 students, from 35 universities nationwide, who will graduate in 2014. And some say the growing relationship between Carilion and Virginia Tech continues to benefit the Roanoke Valley.
"You have the medical school and new students coming in, so young professionals coming into the area and all the energy that generates," said Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Mark Greenawald.
"My grandparents live in Lexington, so I'm familiar with the area and it's exciting to be back here and be part of Virginia Tech's first class," said student Ashley Wohler.
The associated research institute is scheduled to open this fall.